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NGCI Creates U.K. Content Hub

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hamish Mykura, the recently appointed executive VP and head of international content at National Geographic Channels International, will head up a new London-based commissioning and content hub for the global channel brand, it was announced today. Announcing the new U.K. hub, Hernan Lopez, the CEO of NGCI, noted, ...

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Channel Profile: Documentary Channel

PREMIUM: Kate Pearson, the senior VP of programming, acquisitions and scheduling at Documentary Channel, tells TV Real that she is on the lookout for “character-driven and arresting films.”   WS: What are some of the shows or blocks that have been particularly successful for the channel? PEARSON: Black Documentary Cinema, ...

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NBC Signs New Development Deals with Reality Producers

UNIVERSAL CITY: Bolstering its alternative production team, NBC has entered into a set of new overall development deals with a number of reality producers, including Lee Metzger (The Voice) and David Hurwitz (Fear Factor). Metzger is an executive producer for the hit vocal competition The Voice and also executive produced ...

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A+E Networks Signs Latin American Deals

NEW YORK: Ahead of this year’s L.A. Screenings, A+E Networks has signed up a number of broadcasters in Latin America for series from its catalogue such as Hoarders and Strange Rituals. In Mexico, Canal Once snapped up Obsessed, while TV Azteca acquired Life After People—Latin America, Ancient Aliens, Jurassic Fight ...

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Profit Declines at Discovery

SILVER SPRING: First-quarter profits at Discovery Communications dipped 28 percent, after a one-time gain last year on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery pulled a first-quarter net income of $221 million, compared to last year’s $305 million, which was bolstered by a gain of $102 million in the first quarter of ...

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Destination America to Feature Show About Fast Food

SILVER SPRING: Destination America has made the series Fast Food Mania, which explores nostalgia and pop-culture cuisine, part of its summer lineup. Jon Hein (The Howard Stern Show, The Fast Food Show) leads the series, as he dines and decodes some of the world’s most popular dishes. He will also ...

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Hot Docs Awards C$41,000 in Co-Financing

TORONTO: During the Hot Docs Forum, an international co-financing market event that takes place during the festival, more than C$41,000 in cash prizes was awarded to documentary projects. In total, 25 projects, representing 14 countries, were presented to a panel of more than 170 commissioning editors and other funders. The ...

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Electus Buys Production Outfit Mannahatta

NEW YORK: Ben Silverman’s Electus has purchased Tim Puntillo’s production company Mannahatta Productions, which develops and produces unscripted programming. The two will form a new production outfit, which has yet to be named. Puntillo will be responsible for producing large format alternative programming. He has executive produced such shows as ...

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